Many comedians move to Los Angeles a few years into their career. Matt Fulchiron headed west from his home state of Maryland "just for fun." He decided to try standup when he saw people doing it in clubs in Southern California. Having been in a number of rock bands, he was used to being onstage. "I definitely had the performing bug," he says. Once he started, he couldn't stop, and soon quit pursuing a music career. "Well, you don't have to chuck music," he states. "I just started doing standup and it took up all my time." Since he hadn't followed the comedy scene too closely until he was in it, he felt he was fairly original from the start. "I was very young and very arrogant," he laughs. "I thought I was the guy. You get older and you realize you're influenced by a lot of people. When I first started doing standup, I wasn't looking to be like anybody else at all." In retrospect, he realized he was on the right track with what he thought was a terrible joke. "It was about tattooing an 'm' on each butt cheek, so when you bent over, it said 'mom.' Which sounds like a horrible joke, but then I read a George Carlin book and he thought of the same joke, so what do you think about that?" Today, Fulchiron talks about the struggles of getting older. "Like how I'd like my life to evolve, but it just won't," he explains. "My comedy life, my married life — I'm single. I'd like to move up in every aspect, but it's not happening." 18+.
Jan. 7-11, 8 p.m.; Jan. 10-11, 10:30 p.m., 2014